“Wearing a Wire” a Term of the Past in the Digital Era?

Undercover FBI agent Joaquin Gracia
By Allan Lengel

The times have changed.

Wendy Ruderman of New York Times reports that the digital age has made the phrase “wearing a wire” something of the past.

“In the old days, they would say, ‘Let me pat you down for a wire’ and boom, everybody would just open their shirt and say, ‘I’m not wearing a wire,’ ” retired undercover FBI agent Joaquin Garcia told the Times. “Now there is no need to wear a wire. It’s become extinct. It’s all gone digital. But what are you going to say, ‘I’m wearing digital,’ instead of ‘I’m wearing a wire’? It’s just become part of the parlance of law enforcement.”

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